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GE opens aviation plant in Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Auburn city officials are celebrating the creation of fifty new jobs thanks to the GE aviation plant.

Fifty jobs is just the start. By the end of the decade, GE says they expect to have 400 people working in the Auburn plant. This morning marked a multi-year process to increase jobs in Auburn.

 "It is great pride that I can say we are open for business and ready for production," said Auburn GE Factory Leader Joe Markiewicz.

With that, the Auburn GE aviation factory began what they think will be a long term business that will help prop up the city's economy. Governor Bentley says Auburn is creating plenty of jobs.

"This is a star part of the state," Governor Bentley said. "It really is a shining example of what is going on in the state of Alabama when you look at this area over here. I tell people around the state that about once a month, I'm coming to Auburn and Opelika. And I'm coming to this area to announce a new job."

The new plant will make parts for airplane engines. GE says they chose Auburn because of their access to a workforce with elite skills and education. They expect production to advance quickly.

The GE plant is officially open and they will ship out their first FAA approved part by the end of the week.

The process to bring GE to Auburn began years ago. They expect to employ more than 300 people by 2020.

 "If this plant goes anything like the first two and a half years have, we will blow through that 300-400 number way before the end of the decade and we'll be knocking on your door for some more land," said David Joyce, GE President and CEO.

The twenty billion dollar company has more than 80 production facilities around the world.

You can visit www.aidt.edu or www.ge.com if you're interested in a job at the Auburn plant.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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